aa hi gayi jhoomke, pyaar liye dole, hasen, naache jiya ghoomke
Madhubala was a magician who could cast a spell on her audience – be it a scene that required her to sob or break out in a giggle – she was a master puppeteer when it came to getting the exact response she wanted. And so, I was pleased to watch her in Mr & Mrs 55, which is a comic delight when it comes to the famed actress.
Even more surprising was the character of Guru Dutt, who left behind his garb of the brooding man and instead, took a plunge into a less brooding man.
Before I start the onslaught of trivia, I have something to ask this time. Does anyone know why the film was called so? I read somewhere that a plausible reason could be because it released in 1955 – which I must admit is slightly disappointing a reason and a sign of diminished creativity. 😛 Theories are welcome too!
Those who are fans of RK Laxman, the cartoonist, would be delighted to know that all the sketches you see in the film are drawn by him. Brilliant, that man. And for those who haven’t seen the film, Guru Dutt plays the role of a man trying to make a livelihood out of cartoons.
I read on this link that the film is loosely based on a play called Modern Marriage, written by Abrar Alvi, who was a writer for most of Dutt’s films and one of his closest friends.
A not-so-interesting fact is that Mr & Mrs 55 was the only film in which, neither Lata nor Asha were playback singers for Madhubala. (It was Geeta Dutt). Save for this film, it was always the former two who sang for the actress.
Like all Guru Dutt films, this one too featured Johnny Walker, but unknown to him, this film would change his life forever. Because it was on the sets of this film that the much-revered comedian met his wife, Noorjahan. She was the younger sister of actress Shakeela.
If you haven’t seen this film, you must. At the risk of repeating myself, it is a delight. 🙂